One of the things that attracted me to the Ab Strength Guide is the small time commitment - and I love it! It's the most effective excercise I've ever done - and the easiest to commit to because it's so quick. Honestly I think you're a genius! When people mention how much I've trimmed down, your name is the the first thing that comes out of my mouth.
Love your work Kareem!
To be honest, I was a bit apprehensive because I've been out of shape for almost half a year, after seven years as a competitive club tennis player, training with an ITF certified coach and physical therapist.
Last year, my coach left the country to train and develop a young age-grouper with a bright future for international tennis (I heartily gave my approval to this -- it was a matter of national pride). But his leaving left me lost fitness-wise. I wasn't confident working with other local coaches, and my PT became occupied as he opened his own fitness studio.
I was okay at first, playing and competing at club tournaments consistently and cross-training by myself by doing running and drills. But being on my own has really worn away at my motivation. In short, I've stopped my physical activity (except for the off friendly tennis game every two weeks or so) and I've lost confidence to compete in the lively club tournaments here.
Of course, this meant I also gained an unsightly 20 pounds over the last six months, and I am not happy with myself. I'm not vain, but I always had the philosophy that I should look the way I feel inside -- and in my head and heart, I am truly fit, strong and beautiful. It depresses me that I don't look myself anymore.
I came across your website, I'm not sure how. But the way you talk reminds me of my coach, who favored scientific explanations and methods for my training instead of the usual intuitive, one-size-fits-all method. I got encouraged and subscribed to your fitness program.
My first thought was, "can i do this?" I felt so far from my old, strong self. But I finally worked up the courage and I worked with a trainer (who has experience with TRX and navy seals training) to check my form and see if I'm doing the exercises right. It was quite a sight: the ipad with your videos playing while the trainer helped me to the exercises correctly.
I made it through the workout -- with as much intensity as I can muster, considering how out of shape I am. And I'm glad I did. I felt so good afterwards, as if I had suddenly come alive. I said "hello" to my muscles that I haven't used in a long time and it was a good ache. it was good to feel challenged again.
I'm really sore today, but I will try to do whatever workout I can get in later to make sure I do the five-day minimum. Your program for ASG is only 10 minutes, but it makes me wish it wasn't JUST 10 minutes because it still takes me more than 10 seconds to recover from each exercise! haha!
I wanted to thank you for this wonderful workout AND for approaching it from a scientific standpoint, which is what I prefer and a good motivator for me (I'm the kind of person who always wants to know how things work -- in detail! Annoying to most people, I know).
Makati City, Philippines
Hey, Dr. K & staff!
Hope this is the right place to send updates and successes.
I'm brand new to DEFL, and I have to say that even after just FIVE workouts, I feel like it's the best thing that's ever happened to me! On day one, I couldn't see how I was ever going to do all of the exercises, particularly the push-ups which made me put my weight on my rather weak wrists. Now, granted, I'm still challenged by straight-up pushups, let alone ones with balance challenges, but even those pushups are getting easier to do. I was able to do full sets of half pushups at a lower incline today, AND I held my one-arm plank for 10 more seconds than I did the last time. Did it kick my backside? You bet! But it felt SO good to have accomplished so much!
I think the thing that I'm MOST impressed by is how much my body has surpassed my mind's former limitations. A few months ago, I would have felt that a 15 to 20 minute workout with a 5 minute warmup, a 10 minute interval session, and a 5 minute cooldown was enough to completely wear me out. Today I did my 15 minute interval warmup AND my 4 Giant Set routine! Never imagined I'd have that much energy or endurance!
Again, I can't thank you enough for sharing your expertise! I've tried a lot of exercise programs over the past four years, but this one is sort of like Cinderella's glass slipper. It's a perfect fit! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
My shoulders have never looked better and my arms, legs and the shape of my body has completely transformed. I am eager to complete the education you offer!
I have really enjoyed the last 9 weeks of the program & look forward to each weeks new workouts. (my kids just watch & chuckle at me struggle through the exercises but I'll show them..) I am not losing the weight as fast as I had hoped but I have seen positive results & am determined to do my best and see this through to reach my goal. Dr K's hard work and upbeat style are an inspiration & have definitely been what has kept me focused. Thank you.